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Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel - Dragonmead Microbrewery

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 44
Gots: 72 | FT: 3
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 08-12-2002

Dragonmead's signature product! This is the ultimate Belgian style. The very high gravity of this beer is balanced by the smoothness of its finish. Banana and Clove aromas come from the Belgian yeast strain combining with the generous dose of Belgian Candi Sugar. The Saaz hops help to give this beer a balanced bitterness with no noticeable hop aroma.
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Photo of webmanspidey
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Cloudy brownish-yellow color poured into Duvel tulip... very little head. Smell is sweet spices, bubblegum, cloves, and banana.

Nasally alcohol burn.. fairly sweet apple juice, honey, and more alcohol. There are several peppery flavors as well, but they are mostly drowned out by the alcohol.

This isn't bad but there are many much better Tripels out there.

Photo of MasterSki
3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to heliosphann for tossing one of this into a recent trade. Served in my Darkness goblet.

A - 1.5 fingers of creamy white foam with solid retention and some patches of lacing. Opaque and hazy apricot color, with tons of tiny bubbles streaming to the top.

S - Clove, pepper, bubblegum, apple, citrus, and some funky Belgian-style yeast. Not a huge nose, but pretty nice, with good balance.

T - The taste is a little disappointing - some light apple and honey sweetness and a more earthy and spicy finish. The aftertaste is a little unpleasant and sour.

M - Really dry finish. Medium body with very active carbonation. Some nice warming sensations afterward.

D - As far as tripels go it's pretty good, I just don't care much for the style in general - too much carbonation and spice. The ABV, while not overly present in the taste gives a pretty big buzz, more than I'd expect from 8.5%.

It's a solid American take on the tripel, but just not a style I'd seek out.

Photo of younger35
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this beer as an extra from not long ago. This will be my first brew from Dragonmead. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip while watching the Masters.

Appearance- Pours a really hazy bright yellowish with a small white head that quickly recedes. Almost no cap is left and a tiny collar that is thin as could be. A bit of lacing but it stays extremely tight to the top of the beer.
Smell- Very subtle hints of banana and clove along with a bit of yeast and a light sweetness. Spicy as well with a bit of white pepper and some zesty lemon peel. The yeast is vaguely musty yet remains earthy and fruity. A light bit of brown sugar or caramel add that licorice like sweetness.
Taste- Starts a bit sweet which is one of the reasons I don't particularly care for Trippels but this one stays in check and doesn't get cloying. Vigorously spicy with a white pepper and clove kick and a bit of alcohol. Banana and cantaloupe add the aforementioned sweetness as they blend with an extremely light toffee. I'm not sure I can necessarily pick out the hops but they do add a bit of bitterness that cuts in toward the finish. Finishes with a bit of alcohol and some lingering banana fosters.
Mouthfeel- Pretty damned full feel (bordering on syrupy for me but just shy) with a light smooth carbonation.
Drinkability- Not bad. Like I said I'm not the hugest fan of the style but I do appreciate Trippels for what they are. This one is definitely on the better side as American interpretations go. Definitely worth a try if given the opportunity.

Photo of jim102864
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the wonderful Hopcat in Grand Rapids during my business trip to the area in March. Served in a Hopcat-labeled tulip glass. Very citrusy aroma. On the house due to my purchase of a 750ml of Shorts Imperial Black Cherry Porter. Some sticky lacing after each pull. Typical wheat color for the style. A nice brew. Drinkable.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Unibroue tulip glass.

Peachy, golden, copper color with half finger white head with small, tight bubbles. No yeast sediment poured into beer yet it still exhibits a hazy shade.

Aroma is distinct banana clove with some sweetness and some alcohol. Nothing much from the department of Belgian yeast spice aroma.

A style that is hard to hide imperfections and this one comes across well.

The major characteristic I pick up is the banana/clove on the aroma and then an amazingly clean flavor profile which is noteworthy for a beer coming close to 9%. Light is an appropriate style term and I really want to use it to describe this one...just not a fan of the light vs. heavy description of beers.

Crazy, abstract artist lacing from top to bottom.

A very well done beer for a style that has no defining characteristic(s).

Photo of paco1029384756
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with two and half fingers of white head.

Scent of yeast, candi sugar, and some honey. Nothing amazing, but the simple scent is well balanced and the alcohol is nearly unnoticeable.

Taste of bread, yeast, candi sugar, citrus, and honey. A quality Tripel, but it is somewhat unbalanced with the sugars overpowering the other flavors slightly.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with good carbonation.

Photo of luciusgilmer
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into tulip glass. wanted to try one of their beers as it is a "local" brand. should also note that this is my first tasting or reviewing of a tripel.

A: I was delighted with the bubbly appearance, but this beer, or this bottle of it, didn't generate any head, only a small, weak circle of foam in the middle (size of a quarter). Pleasant yellow/gold color.

S: Smells nicely of malts and the smell did prepare me for the sweetness.

T: sweeter than I expected, and not unpleasantly so. Toasty and almost fruity. Not too far from a pilsener style but richer.

M: very well carbonated and nice to slosh around before swallowing; a good balance with the alcohol being a bit high but not showing it too much.

D: I would not turn one down, but I wouldn't drink too many (sweetness factor is a bit much).

Photo of gotweid
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. Small head when brought to the table. Big lacing. A little cloudy and orangish in color. Aroma is sweet and spicy as is the flavor. A little malty as well. I thought the bitterness was light to medium, the spice good and the sweetness a little strong. Too sweet for my tastes. Medium bodied. Slightly peppery. It does have a nice, dry, well carbonated feel and the aftertaste was pleasant and didn't linger. A good beer, but not great. Based on the local hype I thought it was a little overrated.

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HopHobo for this one.

Yellow & very cloudy, with a gutshot of suspended sediment, which I always enjoy swirling around. Smell is sickly sweet.

As is the taste. The spicing on this one is nice & tart, with a good kick to it, almost like it's a bit over-hopped for a triple - nice touch. Over & under that is a layer of sweetness. The overall effect works well.

Alcohol isn't noticeable. Mouthfeel is very dry & crisp. Easy drinking.

Nothing overwhelming or unique about this one, but I am enjoying it. As solid an example of a trippel as I've had.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It may not be on par with the top Belgian tripels, but it certainly lives up to the name.

The beer is cloudy and full of floating particles. Smells like sweet, dry fruits, but also a bit sour.

Taste was more bitter than expected, but finishes nicely with some sweet fruits and sour peel flavors. Pepper and clove spices round out the list of flavors and offer the complexity you'd expect from a tripel.

Smooth and crisp finish, and highly drinkable at 8.5% ABV.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 10/26/2007 (Sampler @ Dragonmead Brewery, Warren, MI):

Cloudy orange yellow color. Small bubbles, foamy white head. Sweet Floral aroma, cloves, light fruity smell. Soft, nut taste, floral & sweet. Light orange. Spices aftertaste. Clove maybe. Deliciousness.

Photo of ballewblake
3.31/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up at the brewery in Warren, poured into my Duvel tulip.

One finger white head on initial pour, falls quick to a haze over the opaque orange body. Big soapy bubbles sit in random spots over the body. Smell is overly malty, not really appealing in my opinion. Taste is nice and sweet up front, bitter on the back, some banana and bubble gum too. Whoa, am I drinking a hefe? I remember this tasting okay on draught at the brewpub, this isn't working it for me. Alcohol starts to come through mid way down, and even though this is almost balanced I don't think I'd go out of my way for this one again.

Photo of BierFan
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a cervoise. "4520" is printed on the side of the bottle. I'm guessing that must be the batch number.

Appearance: Lively carbonation, not much of a head, hazy orange color. Darker than I expected.

Smell: Kind of a sweet clove and pepper aroma.

Taste: Much like the smell. The flavor sticks around long after the swallow. Has a bubblegum aftertaste once it warms up a bit. Very nice.

This isn't the best tripel that I've ever had but at $10.99 for a four pack it's definitely the most affordable. If you like tripels you should try to pick this one up.

Photo of midnite2sixman
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours beautiful even if the taste didn't match up it still might be worth it. It ahs a radiant orange hue mixed with a bit of straw. The smell is floral up front with citrus back. It tastes just a bit below how it looks. A touch of bitterness on the finish makes this beer a near perfect brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and champagne like. Overall, I say, try it. Enjoy it.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a murky golden-orange with loads of sediment,one finger head of tiny white bubbles,looks initially to be well carbonated.
The aroma has an agreeable yeasty quality that gives off sents of banana, spice, and clove. Actually a little spicy (pepper,maybe ginger too). Soft notes of citrus. Quite pleasant once it warms,at first I thought it may just taste like Heff by the aroma witch im not really a fan of. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and only mildly drying on the finish. Slightly grainy at times. A pleasing aftertaste that lingers. The taste is of dried citrus peel and banana, clove, coriander, pepper and other like spices. A little grain,and sweet malts. This brew is way better at almost room temp .

Photo of allergictomacros
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange and needs some encouragement to get a good head.

S - Spicy, buttery, alcoholic.

T/M - Up first is the alcoholic complexity I think, tempered by fruit and a peppery dryness. Things like apples, pears, figs and pineapples come to mind though I probably exaggerate how well the fruitiness approximates actual fruit. The butter seems to mute the rough edges before a long bitter finish. Somewhat spicy, very dry and mouthfilling. Not to heavy, not too light. Nice carbonation.

D - Still a sipper, but higher drinkability than average. Not overly loaded with flavour (for trippel), but nice balance, and very smooth.

Photo of brewandbbq
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear, pale gold, with a cola-like fizzling head. Retention is nill, and the spritzy head fell instantly leaving behind no lacework or foam otherwise.

Aromatics are a pleasant blend of honey-drizzled malt, phenols, and light spice. Clovey, peppery, and slightly sweet.

Light to medium bodied, crisp and lightly tacky.

Light malt, honey, and light spice start the pallet. Hints of white pepper, cloves, and warming alcohol follow through. The carbonation level is quite low for a Triple.

Finishes with mild residuals and warming spice.

Pretty average in flavor and aroma for an American interpretation, but quite sub-par with the carbonation level and poor appearance.

Photo of nrbw23
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaving a thin lace on the glass.

S- The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some yeast, spice, citrus, bananas and some hops.

T- Taste is very complex. A fruity (cherries, oranges, apples, and banana) nutty malts, and no alcohol bite at all.

M- Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D- Well balanced and complex very easy to drink.

Photo of bennetj17
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, deep golden appearance, massive white foam, holding nicely. Looks like quite a bit of carbonation. Even before I can put the glass near my nose I smell some sour barnyard funk. Is this intended? It smells like a Tripel also with a citrusy/spicy mix, but the gueuze-like tartness is certainly unexpected. Either way I like sour so it works for me.

Flavor starts out like your average Tripel, but changes alot toward the finish, with a drying, chalky taste. I get alot of melon and citrus fruit, with some mild tartness, but not what I expected from the aroma. The mouthfeel is paper thin and even though alot of carbonation bubbles seem to be there, they just don't pack any punch.

I think some critters got in this bottle and affected it a bit. I certainly enjoyed the funky aroma, but it slightly changed the flavor from its intended result. Not bad, I would like to try it again perhaps...

Photo of shivtim
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap in Okemos. Looks good; cloudy deep golden yellow with a nice small but thick white head. Lots of carbonation rises languorously to the top. Smell is sharp citrus peel, white pepper, and wet straw. Taste is sour sugary grapefruit, with more pepper, some spicy coriander notes. A tripel, but heavy laces with Belgian wit qualities. Alcohol is imperceptible. Good mouthfeel. Great beer overall.

Photo of HopDerek
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow/light amber color with 1 finger of foamy white head. Average retention leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of barnyard funk, bananas, clove, peppery spices, and fruits like apples and pears. Tastes of apples and spices up front followed by banana, clove, honey, and yeasty bread malt. Finishes with some peppery spices and alcohol kick. Medium in body with low carbonation, smooth and creamy but also having a crisp finish and a nice bite. A very easy drinking tripel with great fruity flavors but not tasting too much of alcohol.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from plaztikjezuz, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, some Belgian yeast, spice, citrus, bananas and some hops.

T: The taste is malty and spicy up front with complimentary flavors of Belgian yeast, caramel and citrus. There's a decent hops presence that comes in and provides some balance and then there's an alcohol bite in the end. The after-taste is slightly spicy and slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but there are several other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.38/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours into my glass a slightly hazy golden yellow-orange with a half inch of white head on top. Patchy lacing sticks to the side of the glass as the head quickly falls. Aromas of crisp, earthy, grainy malts along with a nice light fruity undertone. Peppery spiciness is present with yeast accents. Mild green apple, banana, clove. Fairly nice.

First sip brings a crisp grainy, earthen malt upfront that moves into light fruity tones as it goes across the palate. Slight bread flavors as well. The yeast kicks in with peppery tones alongside light banana and clove notes. It flows down a bit dry and the finish leaves me with quite a noticeable alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel is crisp and creamy with a bit of sharpness to it as well. The graininess comes through quite a bit on the finish and the alcohol is a bit too pronounced in my opinion, making it a little harder to fully enjoy the brew. Overall, this one failed to really wow me, I'd probably choose another Dragonmead offering before this next time.

Photo of tab021
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dragonmead came highly recommended from a couple of guys on here so I found a few and this one caught my fancy... marked at 10% abv... good stuff

A: Pours hazy honey yellow cloudy with a head that disappears in seconds and fizzes just a bit

S: OH MAN how complex. spices and cloves with some fruit and all sorts of stuff on the nose. sweetness comes through and it comes to a uniquely intriguing sweet/spice scent. good good

M: Medium body with very little carbonation and a creamy but clean finish

T: Taste like it smells... that same complex mix of cloves and spices with sweet fruitiness with a slight slight bight from the alcohol, but it is very very well balanced.

D: The first I have had of tripel belgians but this is really good. I would definitely have it again. Just from sampling this beer is going to cause me to travel to the brewery! Highly recommended, although drinking the 4 from the box might be a challenge due to the 10%...

Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear gold color with a thin brite-white head and some great retention around the edges and spotty lacing. The aroma is apples, bananas, spice, sweet maltiness, and yeast.

The tastes is similar to the aroma profile, with an in your face fruit one-two punch of banana and apple, clove and coriander notes, candied sweetness, and some pleasant yeasty accents. The mouthfeel is unbelievably smooth and creamy with just about a hint of alcohol beef in the body and that's absolutley it.

This is one of the best American Tripels I've had, with some lively flavors and an unbelievable drinkibility for a 9% beer. This was the gem of our visit when we checked out this surprising gem of a brewpub.

Dragonmead Final Absolution Trippel from Dragonmead Microbrewery
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